Distant Origin must rank for me as one of the worst episodes in Trek history. I honestly don't even know what it was trying to say. The moment when Janeway and Tuvok go into the holodeck and look at the simulation of the 'dinosaur man' may possibly be Voyager's lowest point. Shameful, just shameful.
It was an episode about progress, and how unfortunately in many cultures progress is halted by ignorant people who fear change. Often the people who fear change the most are those who stand something to lose from it. Connecting this back to Distant Origin, I'm not entirely sure what the Minisitry of Elders stood to lose from this scientific revelation, unless they are religious figures? Can anyone clarify this?
And what was so shameful about the dinosaur scene on the holodeck?